PeerJ Sections


PeerJ, the journal, is now divided into separate Sections by field.

Section Editors have oversight of their section to ensure the journal maintains a fair peer review process and the highest standards of scientific practice in their fields.

Within each Section, the Academic Editors regularly identify and highlight the most important new PeerJ publications in their field. Learn more & Meet the Section Editors.


Predicting the consequences of global warming on Gentiana lutea germination at the edge of its distributional and ecological range
Gerard Lazo –– Are we ready? I expect we'll be seeing testing of our already dispersed germplasm and its testing for the future.
Identification of key miRNAs in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma using an integrated bioinformatics approach
Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– Previously studies indicated the association of aberrant expression of microRNAs (miRNAs) and transcriptional factors (TFs) with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma. In work conducted by Zheng et al., the authors investigated potential transcriptomic markers of hepatocellular carcinoma using the analysis of microarray datasets. They used datasets available in the GEO database. Their analysis indicated that two miRNAs—hsa-mir-106b and hsa-mir-195 are identified as potential classifiers of hepatocellular carcinoma.
Anthropocene geochemistry of metals in sediment cores from the Laurentian Great Lakes
James Latimer –– Because of the spatial scope (i.e., all great lakes) of the analysis for heavy metals, it advances the science significantly.
Responses of rhizosphere soil bacteria to 2-year tillage rotation treatments during fallow period in semiarid southeastern Loess Plateau
Xiaomin Li –– Xia et al. demonstrated that subsoil–subsoil was the most effective tillage rotation practice in dryland farming which accumulate soil moisture, maintain the balance between aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and enhance the metabolic capacity of rhizosphere soil bacteria, after characterize the rhizosphere soil bacteria during fallow season in semiarid southeastern Loess Plateau.
Linking diffuse radiation and ecosystem productivity of a desert steppe ecosystem
Leonardo Montagnani –– Studies on diffuse radiation effects on photosynthsis are relevant in all vegetation types, and of particular relevance in the studied arid ecosystem.